Temple & Webster share their top tips and a helpful video.
We can’t get enough of cushions. We welcome all shapes, sizes and colours, and reserve a special place in our hearts for the unique and hand-embellished. In this welcoming and supportive environment, it’s safe to admit it: we’re cushion addicts.
The great thing about cushions is that they can be totally transformative. Want to explore a new look? Try new colours, mix patterns or follow a trend? It’s all possible with cushions, which have the added advantage of excellent bang-for-buck value. The endless possibilities are also the problem with cushions. We’ve seen a few crimes against cushionry in our time. Over-cushioning, under-cushioning, and the modern day epidemic: crazy-clashy-cushioning.
In the following video, Temple & Webster’s Head of Styling Jessica Bellef explains how to create cushion magic by following three simple rules:
1. Consider colour
Choose your cushions based on the other colours in your room. That’s not to say everything has to be completely matchy-matchy, but the room will look more cohesive if the cushions relate to something else in the room colour-wise. This might be something big (wall colour) or something smaller (a lamp or artwork).
2. Play with pattern
If you’re up for mixing prints, try to work within the same colour palette. Using patterns of a similar scale works well, and a few block colours are a must to give the eye somewhere to rest.
3. Product placement
Don’t overdo it. You should be able to sit on your sofa comfortably. Place the larger cushions at the back and layer forward to smaller sizes. Sometimes a round cushion in the mix can make all the difference, especially on a super square sofa.
We haven’t talked about cushions on beds, because we’re still working through the gender politics on that one. Just remember, life is like a sofa full of cushions. You can totally choose your own adventure.
The Plumbette says
This article caught my eye on Twitter because its a question I’ve always wanted to know in how to style cushions anywhere. I’m glad I’ve done the right thing by placing bigger cushions at the back and working forwards with smaller ones and sticking to a particular palette. Never thought to use round cushions though. Thanks for the tips.
Victoria - Temple & Webster says
Thanks Plumbette, glad you liked the post. If you get a hankering for something round, have a look at Rachel Castle’s penny round velvet cushions – colour, shape and texture all in one. – Victoria